Between Two Fires

Synopsis: A young mother with her daughter escapes child trafficking in their home country Belarus just to end up in a refugee camp in northern Sweden. In her vulnerable situation she becomes a easy target for her surrounding. Soon enough she get put in front of extreme choices which turns her life to a nightmare.
Director(s): Agnieszka Lukasiak
Production: Apple Film Productions
  2 nominations.
130 min

Attention please! The express train

from Moscow to Dnepropetrovsk

leaves in ten minutes

from platform 8.

Numbering commences

from the tail end of the train.

Passengers are kindly requested

to take their seats...

- Tea?

- Yes, please.

- And?

- Mom, I'm ready.

How many times have I told you

not to speak Belarusian?

- Okay, let's get started.

- Mommy, only this little part.

No, the entire page, like we agreed.

But Mom...

If you learn English,

you'll be able to travel the world.

Wouldn't you like

to live in Paris or London?

Or in Sweden...

Where Mrs. Kosinski's daughter went.

What was her name?


She learnt English and went to Sweden.

And now she lives in luxury.

Look, what a beautiful house she has.

What clothes...

Look at her car.

When Grandpa was alive, he made me learn

English, so that I could go West one day.

And Daddy? When he was still alive,

did he want to go abroad too?

Come on, Ania...

Hello, ladies!

Hello... What a surprise.

Good morning, Jurij. Nice to see you.

Sorry about the light.

- Jadzia, get a new light bulb.

It's alright, don't bother.


Marta, is this beauty

your daughter Ania?

She has become a real lady.

She is still just a child.

Ania, come and say hello

to "Uncle" Jurij.

Hello, Uncle Jurij.

The toilette has just been cleaned.

See you around, baby doll.

- Hello.

- Good morning...


Come to me.

What happened? Come here.

There, there.

She won't be going to Minsk.

Over my dead body.

- But the deal's already been made!

- She's just a child.

Don't you know

why Jurij takes those girls there?

There's no fucking work,

no money, no food!

It's my child.

You're not her father. You have no say!

I've taken the money already!

So you'll go to Jurij, explain

everything and apologize. I can do it.

Remember what Jurij did to that guy

who cheated him? He's dead!

- So I'll go to the police.

- I'll fucking kill you!

- Witek.

- Don't f*ck with me.


Leave Mommy alone!

Everything is arranged.

Are you sure about this, Marta?

I have no choice.

On Thursday, the same guy

will be waiting for you...

The one who smuggled... Gosia.

You just have

to get to Minsk on your own.

Gosia's address and phone number

are on the back.

I tried to call her

but with no luck.

Take this photo. For luck.

She made it, so will you.

Do you have any money?

I'll take the money

that Witek got from Jurij.

Are you crazy, Marta?

Not only will you steal the money,

you will also run away with the girl...

If he finds you, he'll kill you.

It's the fucking mafia.

- I have to do it.

- And what if they send you back?

They won't.

It would be a death sentence.


Look, Gosia lives here,

and where are we going?

Somewhere around here.

So near.

Can we visit her every day?

We're here, Mom.

What's wrong, Mommy?

- Can I sleep in this bed, Mommy?

- Sure, honey.

- I'll stick it here, okay?

- Great.

What's going on?

Let's go take a shower.

It was a long journey.

- But what did she tell you?

- Do you have soap?

- What does 'rape' mean?

- I don't know all English words.

- How are you doing, honey?

- I'm fine.

- Ania, come out.

- In a second...

Come out now.

- Do you want the soap?

- No, I'll have a shower tomorrow.

Hail Mary full of grace,

the Lord is with thee...

Let's go to sleep.

- Can I sleep with you, Mommy?

- Come here.


I'm scared.


I'm scared

they'll make us go back home.

This is a good country, with good people.

Nobody will make us go back.

If they send us back,

promise you'll hold me tight.

So tight that they

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Agnieszka Lukasiak

Agnieszka Lukasiak (born 18 December 1979 in Wrocław, Poland) is an award-winning film director based in Los Angeles, Stockholm and London. She began her career by directing cinema released feature documentaries. She is now directing feature films. Lukasiak came to Sweden in 1984 with her parents as refugees. She graduated from the directing department of the Polish National Film School in Łódź in 2002. more…

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